Bodhi tree whithering
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 14:09
  
Patna: The sapling of the revered Bodhi tree brought from Sri Lanka and replanted at the Buddha Smriti Park here by the Dalai Lama is showing signs of whithering.

"The sapling has started showing signs of withering despite the attention of the state Horticulture department," Bihar Art, Culture and Youth Minister Ranu Devi said.

Special attention is still being paid to protect the withering sapling, she said adding, "We will request the Government of Sri Lanka for another Bodhi tree sapling for re-plantation at the same park."

Experts who oversaw the sapling said they had noticed the sapling shedding leaves and its stalk turning dry and brittle despite watering and using fertiliser.

The sapling is an offshoot of the original Bodhi tree planted in 288 BC at Anaradhapur in Sri Lanka, from where it was brought and re-planted by the Dalai Lama in presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the inauguration of the park on May 27.

It was under a Bodhi tree planted in Bodh Gaya that Gautam Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment about 2,500 years ago.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 14:09


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